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File Date Source Title and comments
Logo-pdf.svg 1994-xx-xx Electronic Gaming Monthly (US), "June 1994" "Press Start: Sonic 4 for Genesis Coming This Fall!"
Having probed Sega in inteviews at Winter CES 1994, EGM is told to look at old Sonic level select screens for hints of an upcoming Sonic game. Cue wild speculation and reprinted mockups of Sonic 2's Dust Hill Zone and Hidden Palace Zone.
Logo-pdf.svg 1994-06-30 Mean Machines Sega (UK), "August 1994" "Sonic vs Knuckles"
Short paragraph about the upcoming game, scheduled for an October release. The article erroneously calls it "Sonic vs Knuckles", despite the logo with the correct title being shown.
Logo-pdf.svg 1994-07-15 Sega Magazine (UK), "August 1994"
Logo-pdf.svg 1994-xx-xx EGM² (US), "August 1994" "Next Wave: Sonic & Knuckles"
Logo-pdf.svg 1994-08-17 Sega Magazin (DE), "September 1994" "Newsbox: Sonic Kehrt Zurück!"
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1994-08-xx Mean Machines Sega (UK), "October 1994" "Cover Story: Sonic & Knuckles"
Five-page preview of the game, covering topics such as the new playable Knuckles and his unique abilities, backward-compatiblity with Sonic 3 and other games, and the game's first three zones. The abandoned Sonic the Hedgehog 3 Limited Edition is also mentioned, as well as "Sonic Chaos 2" and a 32X port of SegaSonic the Hedgehog.
Logo-pdf.svg 1994-xx-xx Electronic Gaming Monthly (US), "September 1994" "Sonic & Knuckles"
Logo-pdf.svg 1994-0x-xx VideoGames (US), "September 1994" "Previews: Sonic & Knuckles"
Logo-pdf.svg 1994-09-15 Computer & Video Games (UK), "October 1994" "Work in Progress: Sonic & Knuckles"
Three-page preview of the game. Screenshots from the first three zones are shown. Knuckles' gliding and climbing abilities are mentioned, as well as backwards-compatibility with previous games (although the lock-on cart is not described).
Logo-pdf.svg 1994-09-15 Sega Magazine (UK), "October 1994"
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92%
92
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Logo-pdf.svg 1994-09-21 Sega Magazin (DE), "Oktober 1994" "Newsbox: 3 Neue Sonic-Spiele!"
Logo-pdf.svg 1994-09-22 GamesMaster (UK), "October 1994"
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PAL 90%
90
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1994-09-29 Sega Power (UK), "November 1994" "News: Sonic & Knuckles"
A short article in the November 1994 issue of Sega Power highlighting the ability to use Lock-On Technology with Sonic & Knuckles.
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1994-09-29 Sega Power (UK), "November 1994" "Review - Sonic & Knuckles"
A three-page review of Sonic & Knuckles in the November 1994 issue of Sega Power. The review features a humorous mock interview with Sonic.

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PAL 90%
90
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1994-09-30 GamePro (DE), "Oktober 1994" "Mega Drive Preview: Sonic & Knuckles"
From the German edition of GamePro.
Logo-pdf.svg 1994-09-30 Mean Machines Sega (UK), "November 1994" "Megadrive Review: Sonic & Knuckles"
Three-page review of the game, describing it as a "redecorated version" of Sonic 3. The article also mentions the new bonus stages, the puzzle sections in Sandopolis Zone, and the more complicated multi-sprite bosses. The writers overall impression is positive, but they criticise the lack of improvement over Sonic 3 and linear levels.

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PAL 85%
85
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Logo-pdf.svg 1994-xx-xx Hyper (AU), "October 1994"
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PAL 78%
78
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Logo-pdf.svg 1994-xx-xx SuperGamePower (BR), "Outubro 1994" "Pré-Estréia: Sonic & Knuckles"
Logo-pdf.svg 1994-xx-xx Sega Visions (US), "October/November 1994" "Sega Game Feature: Genesis - Sonic & Knuckles"
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1994-xx-xx Game Players (US), "Vol. 7 No. 10 October 1994" "Genesis: Preview - Sonic and Knuckles"
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1994-xx-xx GamePro (US), "October 1994" "Cover Feature: Sonic + Knuckles = Twice as Much Fun"
Logo-pdf.svg 1994-xx-xx Micromanía (segunda época) (ES), "Octubre 1994" "Sonic & Knuckles"
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90%
90
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1994-xx-xx Sega Megazone (AU), "October 1994"
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85%
85
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1994-10-08 Beep! MegaDrive (JP), "November 1994" "Special Report - Sonic & Knuckles"
A multi-page preview of the Lock-on technology used in Sonic & Knuckles.
Logo-pdf.svg 1994-10-06 Sega Pro (UK), "November 1994"

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PAL 90% Yo!
90
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1994-10-12 Sega Magazin (DE), "November 1994" "Review: Sonic & Knuckles"
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89% Get It!
89
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Logo-pdf.svg 1994-10-15 Computer & Video Games (UK), "November 1994" "Review: Sonic & Knuckles"
Two-page review of the game. The writers describe it as fun with original ideas, and good value for money. The backwards compatibility is also praised.

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91% CVG Hit
91
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Logo-pdf.svg 1994-10-15 Sega Magazine (UK), "November 1994" A two-page feature of Sonic & Knuckles in a late 1994 issue of the official UK Sega Magazine. The article came out a month after the review, so it just focuses on the Lock-On Technology.
Logo-pdf.svg 1994-10-15 Sega Magazine (UK), "November 1994" "Find Rankles and Win a Million Pounds!!!!"
Sega Magazine writer Tom Guise challenges readers to find the elusive "Rankles", Knuckles' green otter sidekick with outsize sparkly ankles in Sonic & Knuckles. Winners would receive £1 million, were it not for the fact the character was a work of fiction. The real contest was to photograph (or "accurately describe") the ending to Sonic 3 & Knuckles for a chance to win a Sega Multi-Mega.

But of course, nobody would actually find Rankles... would they?

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1994-10-16 Ação Games (BR), "Outubro 1994"

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100
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Logo-pdf.svg 1994-10-19 Sega Force (SE), "7-8/94"

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92%
92
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Logo-pdf.svg 1994-10-20 Mega Power (UK), "November 1994"
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PAL 92%
92
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1994-10-27 Mega (UK), "November 1994"
Reprints/translations:
  • Mega (UK) #37: "October 1995" (1995-09-xx)[1]
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PAL 92%
92
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Logo-pdf.svg 1994-10-27 MegaTech (UK), "December 1994"
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PAL 90%
90
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Logo-pdf.svg 1994-10-28 GamePro (DE), "November 1994" "Mega Drive Test: Sonic & Knuckles"
From the German edition of GamePro.
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PAL 1-
87
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Logo-pdf.svg 1994-1x-xx Joypad (FR), "Novembre 1994" "Megadrive: Sonic & Knuckles"

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PAL 81%
81
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Logo-pdf.svg 1994-xx-xx GamePro (US), "November 1994" "ProReview: Genesis - Sonic & Knuckles"

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NTSC-U
Graphics: 5 Sound: 5 Gameplay: 5 FunFactor: 5
100
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1994-xx-xx EGM² (US), "November 1994" "Special Feature: Sonic & Knuckles"
An ill-informed two page spread in EGM² claims the game is compatible with the original Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball. Spinball is of course no more compatible than most Mega Drive games, displaying one of the 134,217,728 levels of Blue Sphere.
Logo-pdf.svg 1994-xx-xx CD Consoles (FR), "Novembre 1994" "Les Critiques: Sonic & Knuckles"

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48
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Logo-pdf.svg 1994-xx-xx Electronic Gaming Monthly (US), "November 1994" "Press Start: Sega set to Give Nintendo a Knuckle Sandwich"
As a promotional stunt for the game, Knuckles went missing. And then he was found. EGM gives us the details.
Logo-pdf.svg 1994-xx-xx Electronic Gaming Monthly (US), "November 1994" "Special Feature! Sonic & Knuckles"
Logo-pdf.svg 1994-xx-xx GameFan (US), "Volume 2, Issue 11: November 1994"

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NTSC-U 89%   90%   95%
91
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Logo-pdf.svg 1994-1x-xx Game Players (US), "Vol. 7 No. 11 November 1994"
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NTSC-U 95% Ultimate
95
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Logo-pdf.svg 1994-1x-xx Player One (FR), "Novembre 1994"
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95%
95
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Logo-pdf.svg 1994-1x-xx Todo Sega (ES), "Noviembre 1994"
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91%
91
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Logo-pdf.svg 1994-1x-xx VideoGames (US), "November 1994"
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9/10
90
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Logo-pdf.svg 1994-11-04 Gamers (DE), "November 1994" "Mega Drive Test: Sonic & Knuckles"
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1-
87
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Logo-pdf.svg 1994-11-08 Beep! MegaDrive (JP), "December 1994" "BE-Mega dog race"

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NTSC-J 8/10   7/10   8/10   9/10
80
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Logo-pdf.svg 1994-11-08 Beep! MegaDrive (JP), "December 1994"
Logo-pdf.svg 1994-11-09 MAN!AC (DE), "12/94"
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PAL 82%
82
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Logo-pdf.svg 1994-11-09 Play Time (DE), "12/94"

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PAL 87% Play Time Star
87
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1994-xx-xx Wiz (IL), "6/94"
1994-xx-xx Freak (IL), "11/94"
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93%

  • Graphics-92%
  • Sound-89%
  • Gameplay-94%
  • Lifespan-96%
  • Overall-93%
93
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1994-xx-xx Joypad (HU), "2/1994"
1994-xx-xx Wiz (IL), "12/94"
Logo-pdf.svg 1994-xx-xx Megazin (SI), "Letnik 2, Številka 16, December 1994"
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89%
89
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Logo-pdf.svg 1994-11-23 Mega Fun (DE), "12/94"
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PAL 85% Gold Game
85
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Logo-pdf.svg 1994-11-23 Video Games (DE), "12/94" "Reviews: Sonic & Knuckles"

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80% Classic
80
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Logo-pdf.svg 1994-xx-xx Electronic Gaming Monthly (US), "December 1994" "Review Crew"

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NTSC-U 10/10   9/10   9/10   9/10 Platinum
93
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Logo-pdf.svg 1994-1x-xx Game Players (US), "Vol. 7 No. 12 December 1994"
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95%
95
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Logo-pdf.svg 1994-xx-xx Micro Kid's Multimédia (FR), "Décembre 1994" "Tests: Mega Drive - Sonic & Knuckles"

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Hyper Fun
100
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Cover article
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1994-xx-xx Sega Visions (US), "December/January 1994/1995" "Sega Game Feature: Genesis - Sonic & Knuckles"
Logo-pdf.svg 1994-11-xx Games World: The Magazine (UK), "January 1995"
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PAL 83%
83
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Logo-pdf.svg 1994-11-30 Mean Machines Sega (UK), "January 1995" "Megadrive Tips: Sonic & Knuckles"
Short article explaining the Blue Spheres mini-game and how to access it by plugging in a Sonic the Hedgehog cart. Passwords for the first 11 stages are listed.
Logo-pdf.svg 1994-12-01 Score (CZ), "Prosinec 1994"
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85%
85
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Logo-pdf.svg 1994-12-08 Next Generation (US), "Premiere Issue 1995" "Finals - Sonic & Knuckles"
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75
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Logo-pdf.svg 199x-xx-xx VideoGames (US), "January 1995" "Tips & Tricks: Sonic & Knuckles"
More coverage on how to start Blue Sphere.
1995-01-07 Sonic the Comic (UK), "20th January 1995" "Review Zone"
Review
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PAL 91%
91
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Logo-pdf.svg 1995-01-30 Mean Machines Sega (UK), "March 1995" "Megadrive Tips: Sonic and Knuckles"
Short paragraph listing a few Action Replay codes, which the writer has only printed because there are no regular cheat codes. A level select code would later be discovered, however.
Logo-pdf.svg 1995-02-28 Mean Machines Sega (UK), "April 1995" "The Complete Sonic Tips Guide"
Short article explaining the Blue Spheres mini-game, and several Action Replay codes, all of which are repeated from previous issues. Part of a retrospective of codes on Mega Drive Sonic games.
1995-xx-xx Joypad (HU), "1/1995"
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90%
90
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1995-xx-xx Joypad (HU), "1/1995" Tips
Logo-pdf.svg 1995-xx-xx 576 KByte (HU), "Március 1995"
Logo-pdf.svg 1995-xx-xx AS Magazin-Video Igrice (SCG), "Jul-Avgust 1995" "Tips"
1995-xx-xx Tricks (RU), "4/95"

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81
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1995-10-01 LeveL (CZ), "Říjen 1995"
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4/5
Dobrá
75
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1995-xx-xx Magazina Igrushek (RU), "4/1995"
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100%

  • graphics-90%
  • sound-70%
  • plot-200%
  • overall rating-100%
100
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1996-01-03 Sega Mega Drive Review (RU), "2"
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40/50

  • 10/10
  • 10/10
  • 8/10
  • 4/10
  • 8/10
  • total-40/50
80
[Info]
1996-xx-xx Top Secret (PL), "Marzec 1996" Tips
1996-07-01 Velikiy Drakon (RU), "" Tips
1996-07-24 Sonic the Comic (UK), "2 August 1996" "Review Zone"
£24.99 price drop review.
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PAL 87%
87
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1996-08-15 Velikiy Drakon (RU), "" Tips
1996-12-01 Velikiy Drakon (RU), ""
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1996-12-16 ABC (CZ), "Ročník 41, 9"
Logo-pdf.svg 1996-xx-xx Svet Kompjutera (YU), "Maj 1996"
Review
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84%
84
[Info]
1997-xx-xx Kiber Zona (LT), "Rugsejis 1997"
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70%

  • graphics-9/10
  • sound-7/10
  • music-8/10
  • content-7/10
  • video inserts-6/10
  • control-7/10
  • sense of reality-5/10
  • total inversion-70%
70
[Info]
1998-02-03 Velikiy Drakon (RU), ""
1998-03-20 Tricks 16 bit (RU), "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr"
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89%
89
[Info]
1999-04-30 Velikiy Drakon (RU), "" Tips
2000-xx-xx Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 2 (RU), "" The entire game guide
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90
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2000-12-25 Velikiy Drakon (RU), "" Tips
2001-05-01 Velikiy Drakon (RU), "" Tips
2001-09-15 Velikiy Drakon (RU), "" Tips
Logo-pdf.svg 2001-10-25 Computer & Video Games (UK), "November 2001" "100 Best Games Ever: Sonic & Knuckles"
Short paragraph placing the game as the 64th best ever.
2001-12-15 Velikiy Drakon (RU), "" Tips
2002-xx-xx 576 Konzol (HU), "Április 2002"
2002-10-13 Cool Gamer (RU), "9"
Review
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7/10
70
[Info]
2003-02-07 Velikiy Drakon (RU), "" Tips
Logo-pdf.svg 2003-03-10 1700 igr dlya Sega (RU), ""
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70%
70
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